The play was first announced in December 2013, with J. K. Rowling revealing that it would “explore the previously untold story of Harry’s early years as an orphan and outcast”. And that it does, but this is no prequel. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child takes place nineteen years after the Battle of Hogwarts when Harry is a middle-aged Ministry of Magic employee, married to Ginny Weasley and a father to three children. The story shines a light on Harry’s second son Albus Severus Potter who bears the weight of his famous surname, while issues from Harry’s past seem intent on disrupting the present. The play has been split into two parts, intended to be viewed on consecutive days, and excitingly this will be the first time an actor has officially played Harry Potter on stage.
While the play was undoubtedly some of the most exciting Potter news of the last few years, some fans were still disappointed that they wouldn’t be allowed to curl up in a corner and savour the pages of an eighth Harry Potter book. Well we should know by now that J. K. Rowling would never leave us disappointed. The script of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be released in book form the day after the play opens on J. K. Rowling and Harry Potter’s shared birthday (31st July). So we can finally read about life for Harry and his family in a world where his scar no longer hurts, he’s no longer awoken in the middle of the night by awful visions and he might even have a chance of a happy and peaceful life.
We could not be more excited to catch up with our favourite characters as adults. And so to ensure we’re as prepared as can be for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, we’ve pulled together some of the key things we already know about Harry’s world post-Voldemort:
- Harry, Ron and Hermione all work for the Ministry of Magic and have worked hard to reform it into a much more fair and positive structure than it was during the first seven books. Harry and Ron are both Aurors, and Harry is head of department, while Hermione is fairly high up in the department of Magical Law Enforcement.
- Ginny goes on to have a successful career in women’s Quidditch, playing for the Holyhead Harpies before leaving to raise her and Harry’s children. She now writes Quidditch correspondence for The Daily Prophet.
- Harry and Ginny are married with three children; James Sirius Potter, Albus Severus Potter and Lily Luna Potter. Albus is the only one to inherit Harry’s famed green eyes and is much quieter than his older brother James who likes to tease Al. Both boys attend Hogwarts, and Al shares his father’s fear of being sorted into Slytherin, which he confides in Harry on Platform 9¾ .
- Ron and Hermione are married and have two children. Rose Weasley is the same age as Albus and the two are good friends. Hugo Weasley is the same age as Lily Potter.
- Lupin and Tonk’s son Teddy is looked after by his grandmother but has a huge extended family of Lupin’s friends (including Harry) who treat Teddy as a son. Teddy is spotted kissing Victoire Weasley (Bill and Fleur’s daughter) on Platform 9¾.
- Draco Malfoy marries Astoria Greengrass and has a son named Scorpius. Draco greets Harry with a curt nod at Platform 9¾.
- George continues to run Weazleys’ Wizard Wheezes with some initial help from Ron. He marries fellow Griffindor Angelina Johnson.
- After a brief role as an Auror, Neville Longbottom becomes Hogwarts’ Professor of Herbology. He marries Hannah Abbott who becomes landlady of the Leaky Cauldron. Harry asks Neville to be godfather to his children.
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